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ERIC Number: EJ1093100
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 6
ISSN: ISSN-0045-0685
Harnessing Critical Incidents for Learning
Patahuddin, Sitti Maesuri; Lowrie, Tom
Australian Mathematics Teacher, v71 n1 p3-8 2015
A critical incident is a situation or event that holds significance for learning, both for the students and teachers. This paper presents four examples of critical incidents from a Year 7 teacher's lesson excerpts in Indonesia involving teaching of fractions, to show how they shaped classroom situation, brought forward elements of conflict, and created learning opportunities. Three examples are drawn from the lesson using a web-based applet (Examples 1, 2 and 3). The illustration of these critical incidents will be followed by a discussion on how to harness them in order to develop students' understanding or be used as a challenge as well as a learning process for teachers. This paper highlights the effectiveness of a web-based applet for displaying pictorial representations in an interactive manner.
Australian Association of Mathematics Teachers (AAMT). GPO Box 1729, Adelaide 5001, South Australia. Tel: +61-8-8363-0288; Fax: +61-8-8362-9288; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Grade 6; Intermediate Grades; Middle Schools; Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia; Indonesia